Although the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States has no shortage of notable college basketball programs, you could easily argue that the Maryland Terrapins are the most popular. Whenever the Terrapins are playing at home in the XFINITY Center, most of the 17,950 are filled. With a tournament history as rich as the Terrapins, it should come as no surprise.
Although they didn’t become regulars in the NCAA Tournament till the 1980’s, the Terrapins influence on the tournament dates back to the 1970’s. After losing the 1974 ACC Tournament Final by a score of 103-100 to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, the Terrapins missed out on the NCAA Tournament. Maryland’s exclusion from the 1974 NCAA Tournament led to the discussion that caused that allowed at-large bids for future tournaments.
Maryland became a regular in tournament in the 1980’s and has remained that way ever since. After many tournament appearances with head coach Gary Williams that failed to extend beyond the Sweet Sixteen, Maryland finally broke through in 2001 by making their first Final Four appearance. In 2002, the Terrapins returned to the Final Four and sealed the deal this time, beating the Indiana Hoosiers by a score of 64-52 in the championship game. Seniors Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter had strong performances throughout the season that helped carry the Terrapins to a championship.
Maryland Terrapins Recent NCAA Tourament History
Maryland’s last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2010 when the Terrapins were 23-8 heading into the tournament with an at-large bid as the #4 seed in the Midwest Region. Maryland played the #13 seed Houston Cougars in the first round and won handily by the score of 89-77. Maryland’s reliable star player, Greivis Vasquez, led the team in points, assists, steals, and blocks against Houston. Maryland played the #5 seed Michigan State Spartans in the second round and were narrowly defeated 85-83.